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post #1 of 13 Old 02-16-2017, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Urgent Horse advice needed!

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I have a 28 year old Apendix Quarter Horse gelding. He has not been ridden in a while but has lots of acres to roam and do his own thing. Recently he has stopped eating. At first it was a day or two then he would start again but this last Saturday he stopped eating and seemed very depressed. He was not himself at all, he seemed very distant and aimlessly wandered around not paying attention to anything in particular. My family decided it may be his time and decided to call the vet and have him euthanized later this week. But the last two days he has become more alert again and seems to be doing better, still not eating like he use to but will eat some when it is brought out to him. We are in a very difficult situation now deciding whether or not it is his time. Due to his cycle of not eating we think that it is probably best to put him down now as he is happy and not suffering, and we expected he will eventually stop eating all together and don't want him to have a long pain full death of starving. I am very torn in that I don't want to put him down because it will be extremely devastating and the idea that it might be too soon but also that I don't want to see him suffer. I know hes lived a good life and maybe ending on a relatively high note is what is best. Do any of you have any experience with this or have any advice?
Quick responses would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 12:07 AM
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I just put down, in January, my old horse 33. A friend of mine gave me some good advice, 'When you think it's time, it's time. We 'thought' it was time, but we hung on, and I wish we had done it when we'd 'thought' it was time. Ended up having to do things in a hurry, due to him being in pain, arranging things was close to a nightmare. It all worked out, and thank goodness we got his pain under control for a couple of days till we could put him down.

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 12:43 AM
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you could bring in the vet and ask his/her opinion. it's possible it is something that can be remedied and he may have another year or two. if it means he returns to a life of some quality, then yah, but if it's just 'living longer', then no.

I agree that it's better too soon than too late.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 01:45 AM
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It's probably time to let him rest in peace. Easier said than done, I know, but it's the most unselfish thing we can do when their quality of life falters.
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 05:09 AM
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This is so difficult! If you think he might have a couple of more years in him then I would ask for the vets opinion. But if you think it's time then make the best out of it so that you don't have to do it in a hurry. Pick a great spot, set a date and really make him the happiest horse in the world so that he can go in peace instead of hurrying in the middle of the night because he's gotten worse fast (happened to me).

This is such a difficult decision but it has to be made and I hope it all goes well.

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 08:29 AM
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I think it's probably best to do it before he deteriorates to a point where he's suffering. You have the luxury of planning it out. Waiting may mean it has to be done in a hurry. Or worse, that he does die a painful death while you wait for a vet to arrive.

I had an 18 year old dog. I finally made the decision to put her down. The night before the appointment, I put her outside and she took off. We never saw her again. She went off in the woods and probably got torn apart by coyotes. She was blind and deaf and would get disoriented. I've always regretted not being there to make sure she had a peaceful end. It tortured me for years, wondering how she died, always looking for her bones on the trails we walked.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 09:18 AM
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I have a 32 year old QH gelding who did the exact same thing about 2 years ago. I had decided it was time to put him down but after watching him for several days I went to check his food bucket and saw something large that looked like a shiney rock in his bucket. It was a tooth that had fallen out! Apparently it had been working it's way out and and was hurting him and finally fell out. The next day he was completely back to normal. I would suggest you have the vet come out and check his teeth.
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Firstly, I am so sorry you are going through this. It is never an easy decision, and it is quite difficult. :(
If his health is deteriorating, and he cannot eat, it may be his time. You will definitely know when it is, but you also don't want him suffering either. Spend time with him as much as you can, and let him know you are there for him until his last breath. You will know when it is time.
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 02:59 PM
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I think it's probably best to do it before he deteriorates to a point where he's suffering. You have the luxury of planning it out. Waiting may mean it has to be done in a hurry. Or worse, that he does die a painful death while you wait for a vet to arrive.

I had an 18 year old dog. I finally made the decision to put her down. The night before the appointment, I put her outside and she took off. We never saw her again. She went off in the woods and probably got torn apart by coyotes. She was blind and deaf and would get disoriented. I've always regretted not being there to make sure she had a peaceful end. It tortured me for years, wondering how she died, always looking for her bones on the trails we walked.
That is so sad! Poor mite...
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-17-2017, 03:19 PM
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i have a 32 year old who we still ride and is quite spry. if we put him down when he was having a weight issue we could have lost him at 28. found out he just needed soaked pellets. i would get a vet out. it could be something as simple as arthritis bothering him and he may just need a pain med or a supplement.
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